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Moscato di Scanzo
italy vinotripping, Lombardy, Valcalepia, VinoTripping Blog

VinoTripping to Lombardy, Italy – Emerging Regions, Great QPR – Valcalepio

Traveling to Italy to vinotrip has been one of my dreams. I expected to visit the more well-known regions of Piedmont or Tuscany for my first wine tasting trip to Italy, but Lombardy was calling. I had heard of Franciacorta for sparkling wines, Valtellina for it’s Nebbiolo and Oltrepo for its Pinot Noir, but I had no idea how absolutely …

Lombardy, Italy
VinoTripping Blog

Wine Tripping to Northern Italy

My favorite annual wine conference is finally here! And this year it is in Northern Italy!!! There are over 350 different varietals in Italy over 20 growing areas Lake Garda is the home to many incredible wines Tuscany is NOT the only fine wine region in Italy Italian wine making is 4000 years old I will be tasting/sharing about many …

VINO! Card Game
VinoTripping Blog

VINO!™ The Most Versatile Wine Tasting Card Game on the Market – fun and educational

There are many fun ways to use the VINO! card deck. Check out the versions detailed below. Solitaire:  1 player: Remove the Somm cards and bonus cards from the deck, leaving only the picture cards (119). Place the card deck face down. Take a bottle of wine, put it in a blind tasting bag and try not to look at the …

Chateau Gaudet
France vinotripping, VinoTripping Blog

Understanding Bordeaux Red Wine and How To Read the Labels

You say Left Bank, I say Right Friday night we covered red Bordeaux. I talked a lot about the wine and the region, having spent a week in the region last July and having created my own itinerary through extensive research. I am sharing information below that I didn’t have time to cover in the live tasting, but is important …

overlooking petrus
VinoTripping Blog

St. Emilion and the Right Bank of Bordeaux

St. Emilion – We drove by the cutest city, all up a hill of limestone.  The ancient city still stands and it is laced with cobblestone streets and little shops and cafes.  The city is built on this limestone hill.  The area was once underneath a great sea, and so the soil is limestone with shells and fossils.  We learned …